Best 7-seater cars to buy in 2015

SEAT Alhambra front cornering
Credits: Pete Gibson
5 May, 2015 3:00pm

We've rounded up the top 10 best 7-seater cars to buy - from MPVs to large SUVs

People carrir and MPVs are often assumed to be the only option for those looking for a 7-seater car - but there are actually plenty of other types of car, and modern MPVs even manage to be stylish and good to drive - so there's lots of choice in this market.

It's true that 7-seaters are MPVs, but van-based 7-seaters suit those who don't worry about image - and SUVs cater to those who do. You're never going to get sports car looks with room for seven, but today's MPVs and SUVs don't look half bad - so it's worth considering your full range of options.

To help you choose which is the best 7-seater for you, we've put together this list of the top models with enough seats for seven passenger.

Land Rover Discovery Sport - front static

Make sure you know what sort of car you'll need before you get your heart set one something - a large family that will need to use the seats all the time will be better off with an MPV or similar, as the extra seats are more comfortable. SUVs can sometimes work too, though -  go for something like the Land Rover Discovery and even adults will be able to sit in the extra seats.

Those who only need the extra seats occasionally but also need a large boot when only five seats are needed, will want to look for a model with an easily foldable third row of seats. These can be cramped for adult-size passengers but store away beneath the boot floor when not in use. A good example would be a compact MPV like the Ford Grand C-MAX - it can seat seven, but the back row of seats is only really suitable for small children.

The nature of these 7-seat cars is that they wil be carrying a lot of weight around, so many are not even available with petrol engines. The torquey power delivery of diesels suits them much better and allows higher fuel economy even with a lot of people on board.

So whatever you're looking for in your next seven-seater car, click on the links to the left to see our top picks to help you decide. 

Best 7-seaters 2015

1. Citroen Grand C4 Picasso
2. Volvo XC90
3. SEAT Alhambra
4. Ford S-MAX
5. Land Rover Discovery
6. Renault Grand Scenic
7. Ford Grand C-MAX
8. Kia Carens
9. Hyundai Santa Fe
10. Land Rover Discovery Sport

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What about the Mercedes E class estate? - an alternative to the tragic 4x4s and the (I've given up completely) MPVs....

Peugeot 5008?!

Vauxhall Zafira & New Zafira Tourer.

Cant believe neither Zafira nor Zafira Tourer made this list!

Actually, given AE's bias, actually I can.

No Toyota Verso ???

Chrysler Grand Voyager is best equipped and most flexible 7 seater in the UK. Yet no mention ever comes of it?

Of course you can. Look what they got on the top of the list. And I am a seat owner. Yak! As if MPV owners can't have taste or only buy with a measure in hand. Real world buyers will get the s-max any day.

Volvo XC90? Even Jezza approves.

New SsangYong Turismo coming soon - replacement to the much-maligned Rodius. If you can get over the prejudice, it beats the pants off all the usual suspects, on price and equipment. I may well buy one.

It's gotta be the Ford Galaxy Titanium or the Toyota Prius Plus!!

Has to be the Ford Galaxy Titanium or the Toyota Prius Plus!

Because it's not very good to drive, neither very economical.

The Zafiras are German cars. FAIL.